Posts tagged "Spanish"

Mayor Bloomberg warned about Hurricane Irene in Spanish

Mayor Bloomberg warned about Hurricane Irene in Spanish
As a newcomer to New York City it was interesting for me to observe the city’s response to Hurricane Irene. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had multiple press conferences before, during and after the storm and was very accessible to the media. One thing that impressed me was that he also made brief statements to the... Read more »

What do Miss Universe, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and new White Sox player Manny Ramirez have in common?

What do Miss Universe, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and new White Sox player Manny Ramirez have in common? All three of them have been in the news lately for their use of language. English, Spanish or bilingual. After his arrival in Chicago, Ramirez held a press conference in Spanish. He used a translator. The truth... Read more »

Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich defends himself in Spanish

Rod Blagojevich As he turned to the cameras, something he likes to do, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Spanish-lanuage reporters, “No culpable.” That means not guilty. But he was found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI and could face a $250,000 fine and up to five years in jail. Only one... Read more »
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Español is the new recruiting tool for colleges and universities

Several colleges and universities have a new recruiting tool to reach Hispanic students and their families. This includes translating their Web sites into Spanish and offering recruitment sessions or financial aid information en español. Bryn Mawr College, a liberal arts college near Philadelphia, recently launched a Spanish-language version of its Web site, according to an... Read more »

In Dallas police issued 39 tickets for not speaking English

Last week I wrote a blog post about a police officer in Dallas who gave a woman a ticket for not speaking English. He used a citation normally reserved for commercial drivers and the ticket was later thrown out. Now it turns out that the Dallas police chief acknowledged there have been 39 tickets issued... Read more »

What's wrong with speaking Spanish?

People are getting into trouble for speaking Spanish these days. At a hotel in New Mexico (of all places) the owner, Larry Whitten, ordered his employees to stop speaking Spanish and to Anglicize their names. And the owner fired some employees who refused to conform to his rules, according to an Associated Press story. And... Read more »
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